Yes, if you're 16 or over, it's safe to take paracetamol and ibuprofen together as there are no known harmful interactions between these medicines.
The advice for children is different. For more information, see -Can I give my child paracetamol and ibuprofen together?
You can take paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time or spaced apart. Ibuprofen is best taken with food or on a full stomach.
Take your medicines as directed on the label or leaflet to make sure you don't take too much of either. If you need further advice, speak to your pharmacist or GP, or call NHS 111.
If you need to take painkillers for longer than three days, you should see your GP or pharmacist for advice. Try to avoid taking unnecessary medicines.
If your symptoms continue, contact your GP
Paracetamol is a commonly used medicine that can help treat pain and reduce a high temperature (fever). It is often recommended as one of the first treatments for pain, as it's safe for most people to take and side effects are rare.
Paracetamol can react unpredictably with certain other medications. This can affect how well either medicine works and might increase the risk of side effects.
Side effects from paracetamol are rare, but can include: an allergic reaction, flushing, low blood pressure, blood disorders, liver and kidney damage if you take too much. Speak to a pharmacist or doctor if you develop any troublesome side effects.
Taking too much paracetamol, known as an overdose, can be very dangerous. If you've taken more than the recommended maximum dose, go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible.
Most people can take paracetamol safely, including: pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children over 2 months of age (lower doses are recommended for young children). Always get advice before taking paracetamol.
Make sure you take paracetamol as directed on the label or leaflet, or as instructed by a health professional. How much you can take depends on your age, your weight, the type of paracetamol you're taking and how strong it is.
If you're 16 or over, it's safe to take paracetamol and ibuprofen together as there are no known harmful interactions between these medicines. The advice for children is different.
No, don't give your child paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time, unless advised to by a healthcare professional. If you give them one of these medicines and they're still distressed before the next dose is due, you could try the other medicine instead.
It depends whether the cough or cold medicine also contains paracetamol or ibuprofen. Avoid exceeding the maximum dose, you should not take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you're already taking a cough or cold medicine that contains these ingredients.